God’s Will Is Always A God Thing

We need to get rid of these ideas that answered prayer is when God grants a request the way we want it. Or that it’s a “God thing” if something turns out the way we prefer it to. Or that “it’s a good thing God was watching out for us” when we avoided an accident or other calamity, but are quiet about God if otherwise. If “all our days were written in His book and planned before a single one of them began” (Psalm 139:16 HCSB), and “not one sparrow falls to the ground without our Father’s consent” (Matthew 10:29 HCSB), then it’s all a God thing, whether or not we perceive the matter as good or bad. A friend wrote in a recent comment to a blog post, “There is nothing God can do, or any part of His will accomplished, except that His infinite love be a part of it. No matter how we perceive God’s will, His love is never diminished.”

Some claim that strong faith is defined by throwing our energies into begging God for a miracle that will take away our suffering and then believing without doubting that he will do it. But faith is not measured by our ability to manipulate God to get what we want, it is measured by our willingness to submit to what he wants. It takes great faith to say to God, “Even if you don’t heal me or the one I love, even if you don’t change my circumstances, even if you don’t restore my relationship, even if you allow me to lose what is most precious to me, I will still love you and obey you and believe that you are good.”

–Nancy Guthrie, Hearing Jesus Speak Into your Sorrow

Jesus and Paul received ‘no’ as an answer to prayer, which were both very integral parts of God’s will.

“Father, if it is your will, take this cup of suffering away from me. However, your will must be done, not mine.”
Luke 22:42 GW

So that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me– so that I would not become arrogant. I begged the Lord three times to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me.
2 Corinthians 12:7-9 NET

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 NIV

Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?
Matthew 7:11 GW

I’m challenged to pray that by faith I will see God’s will as always loving, whether or not things go the way I’d like, and whatever losses I may have, as with all of the immeasurably good things he gives me.

(When single verses are given to support an idea, it’s always encouraged to look at them in context.)

4 Responses to “God’s Will Is Always A God Thing”

  1. 1 Eric

    So true. I love the quote: “faith is not measured by our ability to manipulate God to get what we want.” I try to think of Joseph’s principle – what they meant for evil, God means for good. But I don’t think the “good” is always immediate or obvious and maybe that’s why we are to live by faith and not sight. Very thoughtful post. Eric

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    I especially like the part of your comment about the faith. Because God doesn’t usually tell us what he’s trying to teach us through trials or whatever he has going on, if it’s even anything specific. All we need to know that it’s God working for good.


  3. 3 Thomas Provost

    Excellent message Jeff. God is always God and is always good whatever our experiences may be. In Nahum 1:3b the author states: “His path is in the whirlwind and storm.” Of course, because God is in control always, I can say that a particular circumstance is a “God thing,” as long as I understand that it isn’t just the things we consider “good” that is a “God thing.” (Sorry for the grammar.)

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks. I hope I didn’t offend too many people. I should look at Nahum 1 again because I have Nahum 1:7 memorized. Thanks for that.

    Sometimes bad grammar (or a made up word) is the best way to describe something.

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